Catholic San Francisco
Events for
August 2014

AMMAN, Jordan – With the world’s attention focused on Gaza’s increasingly desperate situation, some in Iraq feel that brutal Islamist militants can do whatever they want and literally get away with murder.

When the Peace Corps announced in late July that it was evacuating its 340 volunteers ...

Led by Assyrian Catholic Bishop Mar Awa Royel, as many as 2,500 people rallied Aug. 2 in downtown San Francisco to call attention to the persecution of Christians by radical Muslim militants in Iraq and Syria. A second demonstration was planned for Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at ...

The incoming international director of Jesuit Refugee Services, Jesuit Father Thomas Smolich, will spend the last five months of 2014 in the Bay Area preparing for a role he said is critical to the faith.

The U.S. bishops’ pro-life secretariat honored George Wesolek, recently deceased Archdiocese of San Francisco director of public policy and social concerns, with the 2014 People of Life Award July 28.

On Sept. 13, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University will host its annual Four Pillars Gala on its grounds in Menlo Park, with 370 guests expected to attend. The festivities will begin with solemn vespers in the main chapel followed by a cocktail reception and dinner.

NEW YORK – A U.S.-based international Catholic agency July 28 issued a plea for emergency funds to help tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

IRONDALE, Ala. – A new West Coast studio currently under construction for the Eternal Word Television Network will be “of great benefit to EWTN’s programming efforts around the globe,” said Michael P. Warsaw, CEO of the broadcast organization.

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s Catholic bishops said in a July 28 statement that “those with same-sex attractions must be treated with respect and sensitivity,” but reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching that marriage should be between one man and ...

VATICAN CITY – His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, “my beloved brother,” to his partially built church in Caserta.

WASHINGTON – World War I was dubbed “the Great War” because of the near-global scale of the fighting.
VATICAN CITY – Just as Jesus commanded pastors to leave their flock to find the lost sheep, the church must set out in search of all those who have been abused by clergy and offer them help, said one abuse survivor.
Most of us have never been caught in a storm at sea and probably never will. We have never had to look at the towering waves, fearing that our boat would sink. In this literal sense, this Gospel reading is foreign to our personal experience.

In 1991 Hollywood produced a comedy titled “City Slickers,” starring Billy Crystal. In a quirky way it was a wonderfully moral film, focusing on three, middle-aged men from New York City who were dealing with midlife crisis.

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